Jessica Rijkers

Within her graduation collection Alinea, Jessica Rijkers’ purpose is to explore the use of bioplastic as unconventional yarn in the traditional technique of hand weaving.

The focus towards bioplastic as a design material and the technique of hand weaving as the fabrication technique, generates broader alternatives for the use of bioplastic materials in woven textile design. Described through experimental and practise-based research, handwoven bioplastic samples have been explored to investigate the methods of structures and bindings, gradient colouring and print design within bioplastic and weaving. With the attempting to make bioplastic more accessible for the textile industry.

The experimental design research resulted in scaled prototypes that showcase a collection of seven pieces that present various design possibilities and potentials regarding bioplastic within the textile weaving technique, including distinct structural tactile qualities bioplastics can offer to the field of textile.